First report of Encyrtid parasitiod, Copidosomyia ambiguous (Subba rao) Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) on Mallada desjardinsi (Navas) an indigenous predator of Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin in India [post]

Elango tnau, Aravind A, Jeyarajan Nelson, Ayyamperumal M
2021 unpublished
Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), commonly known as the rugose spiraling whitefly (RSW), is an invasive pest on coconut palm (Cocos nucifera L) in southern parts of India. To minimize crop losses, we currently employ a biological control agent, i.e., Mallada desjardinsi (Navas), which is an entomophagous predator for RSW. This voracious feeding predator belongs to the Chrysopidae family. However, under natural conditions, Mallada desjardinsi faces severe parasitoid
more » ... evere parasitoid attacks that hinder its multiplication and predating on RSW. In this study, we report the first incidence of Encyrtid parasitoid, Copidosomyia ambiguous (Subba Rao) (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) on Mallada desjardinsi, in India.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-564661/v1 fatcat:fuhjjkv6qzhxjddtwv6rzsukvi